[ RadSafe ] Boy Scouts nuclear science merit badge

Jim Otton jkotton at usgs.gov
Wed Dec 5 14:19:43 CST 2012


I taught this MB a few years ago.  The Scouts (12-13 years old) understood
the basics, but some of it was difficult for them.  I have the advantage of
access to the research reactor on the Denver Federal Center.  It looks as
though some of the revised requirements (as of Jan 2011) are a little harder
than in the past.

Jim Otton

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Corey Clift
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:23 AM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Boy Scouts nuclear science merit badge

I was asked to be a counselor for some boy scouts hoping to get merit badges
in nuclear science.  Most of the kids are ages 13-15.  Some of the topics
(basic physics, radiation safety, radiobiology etc) seem a bit advanced for
kids in their early teens.  Perhaps I'm wrong though.  Does anyone have any
experience they would like to share? Is there any advice on teaching nuclear
science to younger students or counseling this merit badge specifically?


Corey Clift, M.S.
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